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Hauschka had no kick over misspelled first name

What's in a name?

When it comes to doing everything possible to land a spot on a major-college football roster, apparently not much.

New Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka decided he was better off just keeping his mouth shut when, while trying to make the North Carolina State football team as a walk-on transfer from Middlebury College in 2007, he noticed his name was spelled "Steven."

"I think I was one of about five kickers on the team at the time," Hauschka said. "And I was wearing number 38 or 37, then number 27, so I wasn’t about to say they had my name spelled wrong. I was just trying to be laid back and kick well.

"I didn’t want to make a fuss."

Hauschka allowed the misspelling to stick through most of his nine NFL seasons, the last six of which were with the Seattle Seahawks. In fact, it wasn't until 2016, which proved to be his final year with the club, that the correction was finally made.

Although his Twitter handle is @StephenHauschka4, the name on the account still has his first name spelled incorrectly. The Bills also spelled his first name "Steven" on a bio sheet they distributed to reporters.

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